So how much does it cost to go back to school?
We here at 11 News printed out School District 51's general supplies list and headed to Wal–mart to find out.
We compared three levels of supplies, kindergarten, fifth grade and middle school.
We also went with the baseline, best possible deal you could get, on each item.
Kindergarten supplies cost us $13.70, fifth grade cost us $20.37, and middle school cost us $19.32.
But, keep in mind that each teacher has his or her own list, and some may be more or less expensive.
And a couple of ways to save a lot of money? : buy in bulk, and stay away from fancy patterns or name–brand items.
Just the face of your favorite comic character could cost you more than twice as much!
For a list of school supplies your District 51 student will need, visit http://www.mesa.k12.co.us/2003/Parents/supplies.cfm